Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

Carry the Ocean 
(The Roosevelt #1)
by Heidi Cullinan
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015

Normal is just a setting on the dryer.

High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he’s autistic.

But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.

As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.

Warning: Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positive representations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues. 

This book gives me all the feels. I love Emmet and Jeremey so much that I was riveted to their story from beginning till the end. I have read plenty of hero with autism and each of them have a distinct personality. Emmet came across as a very capable and confident young man, despite his short coming. He had problem with social cues and obsessed with counting everything, but it didn't stop him from going after Jeremey. I admire his dedication and persistent in getting Jeremey to be his boyfriend.

Jeremey is a hot mess. He suffered from depression and anxiety and it didn't help that his parents gave him even more stress by demanding him to get out of his funk. Jeremey is always sad and overwhelmed, seeing him struggle make my heart ache for him. I'm glad Emmet finally came into his life. 

The author spent a lot of page time going into details about the characters conditions, including therapy session with Dr. North keep asking 'how are you feeling?' The lengthy details didn't really bothered me as I was interested in the details and treated it as a learning experience. I totally loved reading about Emmet and Jeremey awkward interaction with each other. Emmet came off as blunt and straightforward, while Jeremey is all nervous and shy. They are totally adorbs!

Together, Emmet and Jeremey have so much to overcome, but their journey to independence is admirable. Did I mentioned that they are two virgin boys? I was so looking forward to Emmet demonstrating all that he had research from the internet. The man knew everything!

Although, there are many instances that I cried while reading this, I won't classified this as a sad story. Mostly, I was touched by the love between Emmet and Jeremey. Their life can be hard, but they manage to make things work together with the help of families and friends. 

The Roosevelt is a new living community that Emmet and Jeremey moved into and where they meet their new friend, David, a quadriplegic. I am very looking forward to David's story. The guy is a lovable asshole and I hope he isn't really straight.